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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Play Structure, Critical Thinking and More-September 17, 2013



Dear Sexton Mountain Families:

I am terribly afraid of heights.  My heart flutters a bit when I climb to the second step on a ladder so I felt empathy for the first grader as she tested out the new big toy Monday.  Her feet were planted on the first peg when she said, “Whoa!  That’s high!” She climbed down and approached the structure from a different angle.  Not five minutes later she was back doing the, “I DID IT” Rocky Balboa type dance after she had climbed up and down repeatedly!  The joy of overcoming a challenge was obvious!  Throughout the day, kids played!  Thanks to all who made this possible for our students!


Photos by Jenny Tan (The volunteers shown above are just a fraction of those who worked on the project.)






Auction Chairs Karyn Johnson and Cynthia Neely along with Past PTC President David Harrison  (a.k.a.-Master Planner of this Project) cut the ribbon Monday to officially welcome our students to the new toy!

In addition to this major project, teachers are continuing to teach and learners are continuing to learn here at Sexton Mountain.  As I visited Mr. Hayhurst’s  2nd grade classroom this week, students were responding to a text.  They were making statements about their opinion then giving reasons for their thinking. They had to share and defend their thinking about a very silly topic but their arguments were firm!  In Ms. Hunt’s fourth grade classroom, students were also giving their opinions and defending their thinking in math.  Students shared why they thought a shape fit a category using definitions and characteristics of the shape.  Additionally they had to give reasons as to why some did not fit a category.  The language students were using varied in complexity.  It was clear that when students had concise descriptors, they seemed to build a better argument to prove a point.  Throughout the year, we will teach vocabulary and provide opportunities for oral and written practice because CRITICAL THINKING is an important life skill.

On a different note, I had a few safety reminders for families. 
§  I met with the bus drivers last week and they reported that they had observed “adults running across 155th with kids at dismissal time” instead of using the cross walk.   We know that kids do what we teach them so please think about what you’d like them to do when you are NOT there, then practice that.  If when they are little they run across the street with you, they are likely to do that when you let them walk home alone the first time when they are a bit older.  Please use the crosswalk!!!
§  Supervision begins in the cafeteria at 8:05.  Students should not arrive earlier than 8:05am. 

We care about your children and want them to be safe so that they can be ready to learn.  Thanks for all you do to make sure they are ready to give it their very best each day.  We are off to a strong start!


Fondly,


Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a.  Mrs. C.-B.
Principal

Talented and Gifted Services
Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in Beaverton School District.  These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s).  If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office.  Completing this form gives our school TAG committee more information about your child, but it is not required.  All qualified students will be considered regardless of its completion.

Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement.  Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

The Parent Information Form must be completed and returned to our school’s TAG facilitator, Michele Cobain-Soto (Sandra_Cobain-Soto@beaverton.k12.or.us), or the school’s office.


THANK YOU-We are so lucky to have an active and involved community, willing to do special things for our kids.  When we work together, our kids benefit.
     Thanks to Judith Yan, Shirley Yau and Adria Eilers for helping with the calculator project.
     Thanks to Jen Fife-Adams, Diane Swingen and Lubov Gurman for taking on the Book Room organization project.
     Thanks to the Bock and Duillio families for donating magazines for cafeteria reading boxes.

     Thanks to ALL the volunteers who showed up and worked so hard to assemble the playground structure.    


Wish List-These are things or jobs that make a difference to our kids, teachers or school. Send in items or let Mrs. CB know if you can volunteer.
       Donations of gently used kids’ magazine for students to read following lunch.  Deliver these to the office.  We will be collecting these throughout the year.
       Volunteer to tackle the Jog-a-thon.  As of last week, we did not have a person whose only PTC job was to chair this major fundraiser.  The event has been rescheduled for later in the year and we hope to get a chair soon.
       Volunteer with a long bed pick up truck to take the old bike rack to Far West Fibers for recycling.
       Volunteer to assemble an easel for Mrs. Antich’s classroom.
 
District Goal for 2010-2015:  All students will show continuous progress toward their personal learning goals, developed in collaboration with teachers and parents, and will be prepared for post-secondary education and career success.
The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans' status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. 




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